The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in almost 70 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
More cases of COVID-19 are likely to be identified over the coming weeks, including more cases in the United States. As such, Americans should be prepared for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in their community. While there is currently no vaccine or drug available for COVID-19, there are measures communities and individuals can take to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
To help prevent person-to-person spreading, please keep the following in mind:
· Wash your hands well and often with soap and water.
· Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing and/or sneezing.
· Avoid close contact with sick people.
· Stay home when you are sick.
· Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
If you traveled to Wuhan, China and feel sick or have difficulty breathing:
· Seek care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and explain your symptoms and recent travel.
· Avoid contact with others.
· Do not travel and avoid public places.